BIOGRAPHY:

Claudette was born in province of Quebec, Canada. Ever since she was a child her dreams were filled with forms and colours. A weekend storm and a college friend were instrumental in the revelation that painting would be her vocation. An artist was born. Pursuing a career in management from 1977 to 1998 at École Polytechnique, University of Montreal, did not deter her from her dream. In 1984, she joins a group of artists who follow the influence and teachings of Frère Jérôme's gestural painting workshops. Claudette Poirier has found her artistic voice. Since 1999, she has been totally and passionately dedicated to her work in her studio.

 

ARTISTIC MOTIVATION:

It was a stormy day, a friend of mine introduced me to painting and ever since that day I have been bewitched. From that moment it was impossible for me to escape its grasp. My never ending quest for the truth, lead me to a group of artists working towards the ideology of Brother Jérôme back in 1984.

 

From Brother Jérôme's teaching, I retained the gestural approach. My canvas is a place of exploration and acrylic my medium of choice. To avoid repetitive and automatic movements from one painting to another, I use an extensive palette and a wide variety of canvas sizes. Letting my creative instinct take over me, I look for the element that brings the painting to life, its focal point. From all these random elements present on the canvas a story emerges and comes to life.

 

Since my visit in 2002 to Montserrat, where I was strongly impressed by the rock formations, I witnessed the birth of stone characters on my canvas. I sculpt their gestures and expressions to tell a story, mine, theirs, or perhaps yours. Each of these paintings is the vehicle and the fabric of my passions and concerns.

 

BACKGROUND:

Self-taught;

 

MEDIA:

Oils, acrylics, mix medium and pastels;

 

WORKSHOPS:

2008         Workshop, Artist's books, Muriel Faille, 4 days;

2008         Workshop, Exploration and creativity of mixed medium, Diane St-Georges, 2 days;

2008         Improved workshop, creativity of mixed medium, Louise Lachance-Legault  & Diane St-Georges, 40 hours;

2007         C.M.C.C., Artist promoting and distributing her art , 30 hours;

2002         C.M.C.C., Course on Artist Career Management, 30 hours;

2002         Exhibition preparation, 14 hours;

1999-00   Figure Drawing, 45 hours;

1991-84   R. Dubuc Atelier du Geste (Gesture Workshop), Montreal, approx. 90 hrs/year;

1966-65   Claire Aucoin, Cultural Centre, Châteauguay;

 

EXHIBITIONS AND SYMPOSIUMS:

From 1985 to now, Claudette Poirier’s works have been viewed in and around Montreal as well as Spain, France and Guadeloupe.  She exhibits with members of: "Atelier du Geste", the Nun’s Island Artist’s ’’, the "Cercle des artistes peintres et sculpteurs du Québec" (CAPSQ), "Association des artistes peintres affiliés de la Rive-Sud" (AAPARS), and "Arts visuels Roussillon" as well as at regional Artfest. Claudette had her first Solo exhibition in 1989, followed by several others in and around Montreal.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2010         House of Commons on Parliament Hill, "In celebration of International Women's Day", Ottawa, Canada;

2009         L'Éclaircie, Mural "I will never forget December 6, 1989", La Prairie, Quebec, Canada;

2009         April, Galerie l'Espace contemporain, Le 313 rue Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada;

2008         November, Galery Vand'art, 5800 Grande-Allée, St-Hubert, Quebec, Canada; 

2007         Maison Trestler, "La magie de l’essentiel", April to end of June, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada;

2007         Galerie Horizon, "Écho de Montserrat", March & April, Sorel-Tracy,  Quebec, Canada;

2006         Galerie Vincent D'Indy, "Sous forme de rocher la vie", end of October & November, Multifunction Center, Boucherville, Quebec, Canada;

2003         Galerie de L'Isle, Cultural Center "Le Chenail",  "Les conquérants de pierre", July & August, Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada;
Pavillon des Arts de Ste-Adèle, "Moments de félicité", Ste-Adèle, Quebec, Canada;

2000-90   Manager's Lounge,  Polytechnique,  Montréal, Quebec, Canada;

1989         1st exhibition, Professor’s Lounge, Polytechnique, Montréal, Quebec, Canada;

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS WITH SELECTION:

2010         Carrousel du Louvre, SNBA Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Canadian Delegation, Paris;

2010         "Mille mots en images", "A thousand words and pictures", artists & poets exhibit exchange, Art cultural Center, Saint-Constant Quebec, Canada;

2010         Symposium exhibit, Saint-Siméon, Quebec, Canada;

2010         "Montreal champêtre", Côte-des-Neiges cimetery, Outremont, Montréal, Quebec, Canada;

2010         Renée-Blain Gallery, theme "Sphere of influence", Arts visuels Roussillon, Brossard, Quebec, Canada;

2007         Group: "Rencontre des Arts", Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieur, 17th edition, Quebec, Canada;

2007         Technopole Angus, Montréal, Conseil des Arts du Quebec, Quebec, Canada;

2006         "Salon des Arts visuels", Brossard, Quebec, Canada;

2007-06   "Rencontre des Arts", Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, 16th edition, Quebec, Canada;

2005         International Artist Exhibit exchange: Limoges, Tulles, Guéret, France, Europe;

2005         Art&Miss gallery, Paris, "Printemps québécois, 2e édition", France, Europe;

2004         AutomnArt, Complexe Desjardins, Montréal, Quebec, Canada;

2004         Contest Exhibition "L’art pour tous", "Le paysage réinventé", Mont-Saint-Hilaire Art Museum, Quebec, Canada;

2003-02   Symposium Artishow d'automne, 1000 de la Gauchetière, Montréal, Quebec, Canada;

2003-01   Symposium Festiv'Art , Frelighsburg, Quebec, Canada;

2002         Festival des Arts du Village, Montréal, Quebec, Canada;

2002         Galeria de arte SALA BARNA – Barcelone, Espagne, Europe;

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2010-07   Contest exhibition, Arts Visuels Roussillon, St-Constant, Quebec, Canada;

2010-06   Christmas Exhibition, Centre culturel Denis-Lord, Saint-Constant, Quebec, Canada;

2010-05   Art Show, Au cœur des Arts de Saint-Siméon, Quebec, Canada;

2005         Montréal, Galerie In Vivo, Montreal, Quebec, Canada;

2003-99   AAPARS, annuel exhibition, St-Bruno, Quebec, Canada;

 

PRIZES AND MERITS:

1996         13th contest "C.A.P.S.Q.", "Le Journal de Zlata";

1996         "Symposium Port-au-Persil", "Déluge à l’Anse Saint-Jean";

1954         Citizens Committee, Beauharnois, Quebec, Canada;

 

REPORTS:

2011         February 28, Carole Freeman hosts, Claudette Poirier, on House of Commons, on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada, http://parlvu.parl.gc.ca/ParlVu/ContentEntityDetailView.aspx?ContentEntityId=7377, 14:02:43

2010         July 16th, Interview, Claudette Poirier – Montreal Champetre 2010... 7 minutes –Imported by Progiciel, www.youtube.com;

 

PUBLICATIONS:

2012         February, Diary "Plumes et Pinceaux";

2010         Catalogue SNBA, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France, p. 27;

2010         Collection of poems & images, "Mille mots en images - Réflexion", # ISBN 978-2-9811366-1-9;

2010         Artist directory, Répertoire biennal Magazin'Art, p.508;

2010         Artist directory, Guide de Roussan, page 98;

2009         Collection of poems & images, "Mille mots en images - Quartz", # ISBN 978-2-9811366-0-2;

2005         Catalogue Galerie Art'& Miss, Paris, France;

2005-04   Artist directory, Répertoire biennal, Magazin'Art, p. 624

2004         Catalogue Atelier MichL vol 2

Éditions G. Morin:

2004         "Psychologie de la famille" # ISBN 2-89105-822-4;

2003         "Individus et Société", ISBN 2-89105-852;

2003         "Initiation à la sociologie", 3rd edition #ISBN 2-89105-856;

2002         Artists directory "Le festival des arts" symposium Artishow, Montréal, Québec, Canada;

1999         "Soins infirmiers et Société", vol 1, #ISBN 2-89105-742-2;

1999         "L’intervention thérapeutique", vol. II, #ISBN 89105-743-0;

1998         "Le pluralisme dans l’art" by Guy Robert;

1993         "Guide Vallée", 3rd edition, p.890;

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

2010-09   Poetry artfest, "Images et poésie" Maison Melançon, Candiac, Quebec, Canada;

2011-09   Artfest, Poetry evening, "Harpe et poésie", Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Quebec, Canada;

2010-08   Artfest, Journées de la Culture, "Poetry evening", Saint-Constant, Quebec, Canada;

2009         Artist's show & conference, Centre culturel, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada;

2008         April 11th, interview, Radio CHOC-FM, subject: Art exhibition contest of spring, theme Fluidity, St-Rémi, Quebec, Canada;

2008         April, interview, Radio CHOC-FM, subject: my carreer as a peinter;

2002         Design brooches inscribed as "Reconnaissance" (recognition for years service) which will be given to women's Polytechnique (University of Montreal) after 20,25 and 30 years of service;

2002         Active participation in the organisation of an Artfest Artishow!, in collaboration with the "Festival des Arts du Village de  Montréal", Quebec, Canada;

2001-00   Active participation in the incorporation of Artishow!Foundation.  As a member of Artishow ! Group, I also organized an Artfest, for the benefit of "Le Chaînon", 1000 de la Gauchetière, Montreal, Quebec, Canada;

 

CREDENTIALS:

2011-01   RAAV, professional artist;

2011-02   Conseil Montérégien de la Culture et des Communications;

2011-06   Arts Visuels Roussillon, Montérégie, 2009-20..president of Arts visuels Roussillon;

2008-99   AAPARS member. Also member of the Board from January 1999 till May 2003;

2007         A.I.B.A.Q. , artiste professionnelle;

2003-01   Association des artistes de l’Outaouais;

 

MEMBER OF THE BOARDS:

2007         Member of the examining board for the contest ACADÉMIA XXI;

2002         Member of the admission board for the Artfest  "Une Époque en Art" de St-Basile-Le-Grand, Quebec, Canada;

 

COLLECTIONS:

Her work can be found in many public and private collections namely:

-          Caisse Populaire Desjardins;

-          Investors Group;

-          Loggia II and Loggia on the lake, Nuns Island, Verdun, Quebec, Canada;

-          Polytechnique, University of Montreal;

 

COLLECTIVE EVENTS:

2000-09   Collective projects initiated by "Open City Productions 2002":
Mural, 40th anniversary of the "Declaration of The Rights of Children" (The Great Canadian Millennium Wall)
Mural, The 10th anniversary of the "Convention of The Rights of Children" (The Great Mural of Rights);
Design of a mural collectively realized to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of the victims of Polytechnique, university of Montreal "Jamais je n’oublierai" (I’ll never forget)

1999         T.V. "Cap sur Charlevoix";

1994-91   Leading Gesture Painting Workshops;

 

POINTS OF SALE:

Galerie Richelieu, 451 Richelieu, St-Marc-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada;

Galerie Vand’Art, 5800 Grande Allée, St-Hubert, Quebec, Canada;

Atelier de l'artiste, St-Constant, Quebec, Canada;